In every large boat I have ever traveled in, there have been life preservers. Of course, the law requires it. The California law requires not only life jackets but a life preserver (or throwable device) if the boat is over sixteen feet long. They need to be easily accessible but no one wants them in plain view. No one wants to think about capsizing.
Our verse for today describes God’s Law and precepts as preserving a life. Our troubles and afflictions can feel overwhelming. The weight of sadness and worry threatens to submerge us. Life seems manageable until that unexpected wave of trouble blindsides us. Suddenly, all goes dark and we are underwater.
The psalmist had no time in the middle of a catastrophe to pull out God’s Word. God’s Law and precepts were already known and were his delight before disaster struck. They were firmly planted in his memory and easily recalled at the very moment he needed them. It was in remembering and applying God’s Law that he was able to survive his trial. They were his life saver or life preserver.
I cannot anticipate what hard thing may happen tomorrow or the next day. But I can be ready for whatever comes by knowing and loving God’s Word today. Knowing those promises of His love and care keep me floating. I am not overwhelmed and submerged when I can hang on to God’s faithfulness. His Word is not only my comfort but my survival.
Thank you Lord, that I can cling to Your Word and survive.